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Bolton Wanderers striker gives rallying call

Bolton Wanderers’ fight to stay in League One is well and truly on. One of their new additions, Daryl Murphy has said that he is ready to face the challenge head-on.

The Nottingham Post has explained how the striker is wanting to help Bolton climb out of the negative points they are currently on and start ‘the great escape.’

Murphy made his debut against Blackpool on Monday night and was happy with the football he saw. Despite not finding the back of the net himself, the 0-0 draw did show off how far Bolton have come.

The 36-year-old now wants to build off the great performances and turn them into wins. Murphy was out with a calf injury but that was a perfect opportunity for him to analyse how the side have been playing.

Now he knows exactly what he needs to do in order to help out the squad and Keith Hill.


Most players at 36 would be judged. Some would say its too old. Murphy appreciates that but has said he has never had a problem with his fitness. He’s also never had serious injuries, just little knockbacks.

The forward now can’t wait to show what he’s capable of. After Monday night’s performance, I’m sure fans can’t either.

Relegation Battle

Bolton is obviously under a point deduction at the bottom of the league. Once they get out of that, they then have to get out of the relegation zone. Murphy is hoping for some wins to help with that plan.

He’s also said that it isn’t a nice situation to be in. However, he believes that the transformation Bolton has taken on is brilliant. Now it’s just a matter of winning and it’s something he’s ready to get stuck into.

Stoke City and Aston Villa go head to head over Man Utd defender

Man United defender, Axel Tuanzebe has gained interest from Stoke City and Aston Villa. According to the Daily Mail, Man United want to keep hold of him.

The offers these clubs are making are expected to be rejected, as Tuanzebe has been put in the first-team plans at Old Trafford ahead of the season.

The 21-year-old is wanted by Stoke, and apparently only on a loan basis as Ryan Shawcross is out with a broken ankle which he picked up in pre-season. This leaves Nathan Jones looking for a replacement.

Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest have also registered their interest as he impressed at Villa Park last season. However, as well as Man United looking likely to reject any bids, the defender is also reluctant to leave his current club as he wants the chance to impress at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also prepared to move out one of his defenders after the arrival of Harry Maguire. However, the injury that Eric Bailey has sustained means he doesn’t want to leave himself short of cover options. This also means that Solskjaer needs the 21-year-old to step up to Premier League football.

It’s a fair plan from Man United, as they’ve just spent so much on Maguire that building their own players and making them step up to league football is a sensible option. Hopefully, Tuanzebe can pull through, have a good season, stand out to clubs and push up his fees in case he wants to leave in the future, although right now, he should be given a chance.

2 reasons why Wigan Athletic are looking to Nottingham Forest versatile defender

According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Wigan Athletic are lining up a bid for Nottingham Forest defender Tendayi Darikwa.

Here at The Football Manc Cave, we look at what Darikwa would bring to the DW Stadium if he made the switch north.

The 27-year-old was part of the Burnley side that was promoted in the 2015/16 campaign. However, he didn’t feature at all in the following season, so signed for Nottingham Forest back in the Championship.

He has featured regularly for The Midlands club, playing 58 games in two years. Although, Wigan may offer the Zimbabwean first-team football, which could tempt him into switching clubs. Also, Forest has recently appointed Sabri Lamouchi as their new manager, perhaps he has his own transfer targets and doesn’t see Darikwa as part of his plans?

What could Wigan fans expect to see if he moved to the Latics…

Physicality and pace

Darikwa is very much a modern-day full-back, possessing the ability to both attack and defend. An athletic player, with great pace and height. I watched a lot him during the season in which Burnley was promoted, and he was one of the best full-backs in the league that season. Likes to bomb forward and deliver crosses into the box, however, his pace allows him to get back and defend. Darikwa can also operate in midfield, which will tempt Paul Cook even further.


I expect Nathan Byrne to be our starting right-back next season, although I said that this time last year and Reece James rocked up to the party. So, who knows. Even still, Byrne and Darikwa are both good Championship players – it’s important to have that competition for places.

As I mentioned above, Darikwa is a versatile player. We are short in central midfielder, it wouldn’t be ideal, however, I’m sure he has all the attributes to do a good job in midfield. At the moment, it’s just an enquiry. It’ll be interesting to see if Wigan really push to conclude a deal.

Who should Wigan Athletic look to loan, buy and sell this window?

What can Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook do with the remainder of the transfer window?

Wigan will be looking for a number of further signings, following the announcement of their first summer transfer this week. David Marshall signed on a two year deal.

Wigan is still in for defender Antonee Robinson and seems close to agreeing to a deal according to the Liverpool Echo. We have a look at what other positions they may be chasing, and any players that may be on the move from the DW Stadium.


Highly-rated and experienced goalkeeper Marshall supposedly turned down an ‘interesting offer’ from a Premier League (believed to be Liverpool), to sign for Wigan because of the lure of first-team football. That’s a good sign straight away about his character. I’d be amazed if he wasn’t our number one next season, Jamie Jones will likely be the sub ‘keeper as he was for the majority of the last campaign. Leaving Owen Evans open to another loan move, probably not what he wanted, nevertheless an opportunity to play football and gain experience playing in the EFL.


The two names at the top of my list at the start of the summer transfer window have already left, Jamie Walker and Devante Cole. I feel we’ve got rid of the ‘deadwood’ now and the focus must be on signing replacements. Everyone in the current squad is good enough to play in the Championship and challenge for their starting spot, which is a good foundation to build on, we need to sign quality rather than quantity.


It’s looking likely Latics will complete the signing of Robinson. Our priority then must be signing a central midfielder to replace the Reece James’ void. Wigan was confident of signing Benfica midfielder Alfa Semedo on loan, however, he opted to sign for Nottingham Forest instead. A big blow. Cook will have alternative targets, which I’m sure he’s exploring now. One player I feel could replace James and is possibly available, Alex Tettey. Norwich have been promoted and he rarely featured last season, probably on big wages, however, a loan deal could be an option.

3 youth players that need to step up and impress in pre-season for Bolton Wanderers

With the situation behind the scenes at Bolton Wanderers seemingly improving, the Football Manc Cave thought they’d have a look at three youth players who will look to impress.

Bolton Wanderers were in an awful financial situation at the end of last season that saw players and management go unpaid, fan protests and also resulted in relegation. It’s now looking as though a buyer has been found in Football Ventures headed by Sharon Brittan, and some normality can start to take place again.

Bolton still hasn’t confirmed anything substantial as of yet. Which means the squad is still short of players and pre-season training has been mocked by fans, with the number of players actually there. As the situation hopefully draws to a close, players will hopefully be recruited. However, until then, I have picked out three of the younger players that will want to make a difference to the team and try to start making an impact now.

Liam Edwards

The 22-year-old spent his youth with Stoke City before he signed for Bolton. He got sent out on loan to Southport last season to get some playing time and experience. The centre back will be hoping for the first team to give him a chance as there’s not a lot of players to choose from. There’s actually no defenders listed on the club website so far, which will put him at the top of the empty list until Bolton can sign some players. He’ll look to make an impression in pre-season friendlies.

Dennis Politic

The 19-year-old midfielder will more than likely be called up to the first time this season after his loan to Salford City last year. The Romanian midfielder came back from his loan this year and is now straight back into training. According to the Bolton News, he’s supposedly impressing management and the squad with his attitude towards being a part of the struggling team. The teenager will want to meet the first team criteria and prove that he’s ready to start next season.

Ronan Darcy

The 18-year-old striker who made a name for himself after, being brought on as a substitute in Bolton’s last game of the season against Nottingham Forest last year. He is another player alongside Politic that is impressing with his positive attitudes towards training and being a part of the team. The youngster may have to be an option for Bolton if the financial situation goes on any longer, and stops them from bringing in recruits.

Oldham Athletic are keen on former Bolton Wanderers and Rochdale man, here are 2 attributes he brings with him

Nottingham Forest man Zach Clough had a loan spell at Rochdale during the 18/19 season. Now, neighbour’s Oldham Athletic are looking to add him to their squad this summer.

Clough, the 24-year-old striker, played in 13 games for Rochdale whilst on loan last season, in that time he scored one and assisted one. Some arguments were made about Clough’s fitness during his spell at Rochdale. However, Zach Clough has definitely proven himself in English football, having played big roles in squads such as Bolton and Nottingham Forest.

League Two side Oldham Athletic are desperate to add the 24-year-old Mancunian Zach Clough to their squad, despite his contributions to higher leagues than their own.

Here are two key qualities that Clough could bring to Banide’s Oldham Athletic…

Higher league experience

It is understandable as to why Rochdale wanted his services to help push them through a troublesome 18/19 season. His statistics show a player who would be immensely capable of EFL League One football.

At Championship level, Clough has 72 games worth of experience and at League One he has 32 games under his belt, a 24-year-old with over 100 games experience in high tier English football.

Should Oldham secure this deal, their fight to regain a spot in League One would seem much more likely, as this calibre of player would definitely belong in the League One/Championship region.

Goals, goals, goals! Oh, and assists too.

Stretching from the youth Premier League to the professional Championship and League one, with domestic cups in between, Clough has 41 goals and 16 assists in 159 games since the beginning of his career in 2012.

Despite the ups and downs in his form, Clough knows where the back of the net is, and in League Two we could truly see him shine as he gains stability and a run of form. In an Oldham Athletic shirt, we could see Clough hit the 20 goals a season mark, with 5 to 10 assists for his teammates.

‘I’d absolutely love Roy Keane at Bolton Wanderers’ – Agree?

Roy Keane is free after leaving Nottingham Forest and some say he may end up at Bolton Wanderers.

The Manchester United legend Roy Keane has left his post as assistant manager for Championship side Nottingham Forest and is seeking a new challenge as a manager.

Roy Keane has managed Sunderland, playing a big part in their Championship title victory in 2007. He then managed Ipswich Town who had mid to low table results throughout his reign.

Since Keane has been assistant manager to Martin O’Neill for his national side; Ireland. Whilst having the same role under Paul Lambert for Aston Villa for 13 games in 2014. He was also under Martin O’Neill for Nottingham Forest in his most recent occupation.

Bolton Wanderers will be losing their 27-year-old winger Sammy Ameobi after their demotion to League One, and Nottingham Forest have signed him. Perhaps Keane will be heading in the opposite direction, as Bolton Wanderers face financial difficulties and Football Ventures are set to take them over, their current manager Phil Parkinson may not hold onto his position.

With the new League One side looking to turn over a leaf and get back to the Championship. By employing a man who won it with Sunderland and survived it with Ipswich, his experience of the contest should allow them to return to it and remain in it.

Bolton defeated Sunderland during Roy Keane’s period as manager, resulting in ultimately costing his job. Now, he could be the man to drag Bolton Wanderers out of the gutter.

These Bolton fans seem up for it…

Nottingham Forest fans mixed reaction to signing Bolton Wanderers’ Sammy Ameobi

Nottingham Forest have signed Bolton Wanderers winger, Sammy Ameobi.

The 27-year-old is a product of Newcastle’s youth teams. He’s been at Middlesbrough and Cardiff on loan spells in the past but signed for Bolton in 2017. Ameobi went to Bolton on loan originally and did want to stay with the club. However, at the start of the Trotters off-pitch problems, they had a transfer embargo which wouldn’t allow them to have the winger. Nevertheless, once that was sorted, he signed for the Wanderers and has been there for the past two years.

Even though Bolton are supposedly taking back control of their financial struggles, I would not blame any player for looking at other options. I am a Bolton fan myself and have met Sammy quite a few times as he used to come into a restaurant I worked at. He is one of the most humble and nicest footballers I’ve met. I wish him all the best but Forest fans are having mixed reactions…

LOWDOWN: Who is Man City’s back up keeper target Asier Riesgo?

It’s rumoured that City are interested in signing Spanish keeper, Asier Riesgo but who is he? 

Pep Guardiola is looking at the 35-year-old, as Nottingham Forest are meant to be after signing Aro Muric on a long term loan deal. The 20-year-old had to return to City last season earlier than expected from NAC Breda after Claudio Bravo suffered an injury. The keeper is supposed to be the replacement that fits the bill. 

Riesgo started at Real Sociedad where he worked with the current Man City goalkeeper coach, Xabier Mancisidor. He is now out of contract and can move on a free transfer.

His history is no surprise to why City are now looking at him. In 2004, he was on loan from Real Sociedad to Eibar where he played for one and a half seasons until, he was recalled from his loan duties as Sander Westerveld, Sociedad’s first choice keeper, had an injury. He then became a starter in the La Liga until 2006/07 season when he battled with the newly signed Claudio Bravo for the team starting spot.

Sociedad were relegated the same season which resulted in Asier playing all 42  league games the following season. Unfortunately, they could not return to top flight football. 

August 2008 came around and he was then loaned to Recreativo de Huelva and in January he stopped two penalty kicks. In April he also became the first ever to deny Lionel Messi a penalty. This gained him some interest in 2009 from Tottenham, as they were looking at cover for Carlo Cudicini after their keeper was in a motorbike accident. He’s since been with CA Osasuna but returned to Eibar in 2015. 

So he’s already played with Claudio Bravo and had an impressive career. Pep knows who to look at and City fans trust his tactics and signings. This would also be a good move for the 35-year-old. 

2 reasons why Man City’s Aro Muric would be a great signing for Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest are interested are looking to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Aro Muric on loan. Guardiola is clearly a fan of the goalkeeper, as the Nottingham Post report that he called Muric ‘incredible’ as he helped earn City a place in the EFL Cup semi-finals with penalty shoot-out heroics against Leicester.

Ederson was arguably the best ‘keeper in the Premier League last season, therefore Muric’s playing chances are very limited. Therefore, Pep will be looking for the youngster to gain some vital EFL experience. He looks pretty special judging from his cup performances for City, however, a full season in the Championship will really test how good he is.

Why will Forest desperately be trying to get the loan signing over the line…

City a future feeder club for Forest

You may laugh. Wigan has done it with Chelsea, after the incredible work we have done with Recce James, we’ve been promised a couple of loan players for the next campaign.

If Forest were to sign Muric, play him for a majority of the season, allow him to express his footballing qualities and develop, City will appreciate that. Forest presumably have considerable transfer funds, in comparison to Wigan, so becoming a feeder club may not be in their thoughts. However, I bet if Sergio Aguero became available for loan – Forest would be at the front of the queue.

Excellent distribution

Muric is a very good footballer, confident when playing out from the back.  Maybe Martin O’Neill is looking to implement a new attractive style at the City Ground next season. There are not many better places to start than with a goalkeeper that Guardiola has trained. Let’s not forget though, Muric is a top ‘keeper, people forget how good he and Ederson are because they focus on their footballing side. Both do the ‘text-book goalkeeping’ extremely well.

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